Thinking Fans Comment Update: Cate points out All My Children’s gay storyline initially caused a furor that later died down as viewers “warmed up to the character” … adds Blake, “I hope GL does not get my hopes up about this great couple only to break them up” … and more. See Comments below.
Guiding Light’s “Otalia” pairing — Olivia and Natalia — are garnering a lot of buzz. Soap fans, as well as sites like the lesbian entertainment-themed AfterEllen.com, are watching to see if that friendship potentially becomes something more. This week, the story takes a step in that direction when Olivia and Natalia kiss.
By Patrick Erwin
Regarding: The Kiss, it looks like Guiding Light is testing the waters. To me, the upcoming scenes — done in a clever way that lets the show “have it both ways”, so to speak — scream “test run” with the future direction of the story depending on the audience’s reaction.
Personally, I’m torn about the story. On the one hand, I want there to be visible LGBT characters on our screens and it would be great for GL to tackle that sort of story, since it has not done so to date. I appreciate that GL is really taking a risk and embracing a really progressive, emotional topic.
My minor concerns about this story come from the fact that we haven’t seen ANY suggestion of ambiguous sexual orientation from either character.
Many of the gay and lesbian storylines on daytime that we’ve seen thus far have worked because the characters were young characters and we saw their coming-out process. All My Children‘s Bianca is a great example of that. And a late-in-life coming out story, like As the World Turns’ Brian, can also be very true to life.
I’m not suggesting it couldn’t, or shouldn’t happen, and with great writing and acting, it would be a great journey to watch. But when many people in this country still think that being gay is a choice, it’s a slippery slope to have characters make this change so abruptly.
I’ll be glued to my TV screen either way, but I have to say that even as the story is now, there’s a great beauty to watching these people care for one another and become one another’s family. And I loved Friday’s scenes, where Olivia talked about feeling different and feeling like an outsider in school. Those are relatable scenes not only for LGBT people but for all of us. When you feel like an outsider, it’s a huge joy to have that family around you; sometimes the family you choose is the most
No matter what the outcome, I hope GL doesn’t shy away from this relationship and never hits the panic button to dismiss it. This is one core family I’d love to see stick around!
Patrick Erwin blogs regularly at A Thousand Other Worlds …